FCC July agenda peripheral to broadcasting


FCCBroadband providers and those wanting to use white spaces are eying the same spectrum broadcasters use, particularly on the television side. So although there are no broadcast planks on the FCC’s next open meeting agenda, broadcasting may be considered to be in the shadows on the sidelines.

The meeting will convene Thursday, July 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM.

Here, from the FCC, is what’s on the menu:

* FCC Next-Generation Mapping Presentation: The FCC is a government leader in using mapping technology to advance the agency’s mission. The Commission will hear a presentation on the latest advancements in mapping at the agency, including the launch of fcc.gov/maps and innovative use of maps and the latest open source mapping technology to increase transparency across the agency; enable data-driven decision-making; and better serve consumers, developers, and industry.

* White Spaces for Wireless Broadband Presentation: The Commission will hear a progress report by the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Office of Engineering & Technology on the development and use of white space technology to unleash more spectrum for wireless broadband.

* Measuring Broadband America Report 2012 Presentation: The Commission will hear a presentation on the Measuring Broadband America July 2012 Report, which extends the study into more regions and publishes more kinds of data. This latest study of broadband performance in the U.S. follows the Commission’s first-of-its-kind report last year to test and report transparent broadband speed and performance data in collaboration with Internet Service Providers.